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Daft Jimmy

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 04, 2009 at 21:41

In Reply to: Daft Jimmy posted by Graham Cambray on March 04, 2009 at 14:52:

: : : What is the origin of 'worse than the murder of daft Jimmy'?

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: : A very limited contribution - it may be Scottish in origin. At
: : one Joan Green recalls the old phrase:
: : "Whit a commoshum. It wiz wurse thin the murdir o' daft Jimmy."
: : (GC)

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: A possible origin for this phrase might have been the murder of James Wilson by Burke and Hare - see's entertainer, he appears to have been known in his day as "Daft Jamie" rather than "Daft Jimmy", however. This is a suggestion and nothing more. (GC)

It's a perfectly plausible one, however, given the huge notoriety of the "Burke and Hare" case. (VSD)